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Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage schedule

The 64th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage will be held April 12-17. There is no charge for the tours, which are presented by various garden clubs.

Booklets that include addresses and background on the sites are available at visitors centers on Interstate 10 in Bay St. Louis and U.S. 90 in Biloxi; at chambers of commerce; the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs; the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi; and through Coast garden clubs.

Tour schedule and sites

Tuesday, April 12

Ocean Springs Garden Club, Ocean Springs, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

Dogwood Garden Club, Ocean Springs, 1-4 p.m.

Gulf Hills Garden Club, Ocean Springs 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Long Beach Garden Club, Long Beach, 1-4 p.m.

Pass Christian Garden Club, Pass Christian, 1-4 p.m.

Friday, April 15

Biloxi Garden Club, Biloxi, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Biloxi Garden Club, Biloxi, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beach Garden Society, Gulfport, 1-4 p.m.

Four Seasons Garden Club, Gulfport, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday April 16

No home tours this day. The day is being left open as a day to enjoy fun and free activities throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A list of free "Coastal adventures" will be available at tour sites.

Sunday, April 17

Gautier Garden Club, Gautier, 1-4 p.m.

Moss Point Garden Club, Moss Point, 1-4 p.m.

Pascagoula Garden Club, Pascagoula, 1-4 p.m.

In addition, five rain barrels designed and painted by Coast artists are part of the Designer Rain Barrel Project and Raffle conducted by the Mississippi Council of Garden Clubs to benefit the Pilgrimage. Each barrel is a fully functional work of art, with a screw top and a spigot installed. Tickets are $5 each for individual rain barrels, and they are available through the individual garden clubs. The drawing will held May 9, and winners do not have to be present to win.